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Relapse Justification: "Depression, Anger, Loneliness and Fear"

Does feeling depressed, angry, lonely, or afraid make using or having risky sex seem like the answer? Is it really? What might you do when your addicted brain raises these issues?

1. 2. 3.

I'm depressed. What difference does it make if I use or not? When I get mad I can't control what I do. I already have HIV so I don't really care if I get syphilis or

4. 5. 6.

herpes or any other sexually transmitted infection. I'm scared. I know how to make that feeling go away. If he thinks I've used, I might as well use.

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Relapse Justification: "Addiction is Cured"

Everyone struggles with the fact that addiction and recovery are ongoing processes. Likewise, learning new sexual behaviors is a continuing process. Do you ever try to convince yourself to believe thoughts like these?

1. I'm back in control. I can stop whenever I want to.

2. I've learned

only use small amounts or only once in a

while. 3. Alcohol isn t my probl

ystal is my problem. So I can

drink and not relapse on crystal. 4. I can use a little; I'll just be careful about sex while I'm high.

5. I can go online and not wind up having high­risk sex or using crystal.

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Session 17: Preventing Relapse

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